Bill targets retroactive changes to RVOs

Source: BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico • Posted: Sunday, November 28, 2021

A bipartisan group of Midwestern lawmakers is taking aim at the potential for EPA to retroactively lower biofuel blending mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Reps. Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Angie Craig (D-Minn.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) introduced the Defend the Blend Act on Tuesday that would prevent the agency from retroactively reducing previously finalized renewable volume obligations.

EPA sent its proposed annual blending targets to the White House for interagency review in late August. A leaked document emerged in September that signaled the agency planned to retroactively reduce the blending mandates for 2020 — setting off alarm bells for farmers and ethanol advocates. The proposed legislation “will hold the Administration accountable for maintaining the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard and give biofuel and ethanol producers the certainty they deserve,” Hinson said in a statement.